Australian Naval History on 9 January 1997
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HMAS ADELAIDE’s Sea King helicopter was launched to conduct the rescue of round-the-world yachtsman Theirry Dubois. Dubois was winched onboard the helicopter later that morning and was described as “being in remarkably good condition for a man who had spent four days floating in a life raft in the freezing Southern Ocean. ADELAIDE then turned towards the upturned EXIDE CHALLENGER to rescue yachtsman Tony Bullimore. The frigate deployed her rigid hull inflatable boat, (RHIB), which came alongside the yacht. Bullimore, who had been living inside the upturned hull swam out and was rescued by the crew of the RHIB. Queen Elizabeth II later sent the following message of congratulations:- “I would be grateful if you would pass on both my congratuations to all members of the Australian Defence Force who have made possible the two dramatic rescues in the Southern Ocean over these recent days and , through HMAS ADELAIDE my warm good wishes to Tony Bullimore on his extraordinary feat of survival”.
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